Greater Palm Springs is a destination that successfully intertwines health, luxury and rejuvenation, which are reflected throughout this culinary oasis. It's easy to find a restaurant that features thoughtfully prepared and beautifully unique dishes. In just one weekend you can tour Greater Palm Springs and get a diverse experience of favorite local establishments. All will undoubtedly excite your taste buds.
Friday: La Quinta
Breakfast: Start your day off at Chula Artisan Eatery, offering farm-to-table fare and proudly serving local Joshua Tree Coffee. This will give you the energy to head out for a hike in the La Quinta Cove. If you have more fuel to burn, consider heading to nearby Indio for an informative tour at Shield’s Date Gardens where you can tour the garden and watch a short film about the sex life of a date.
Lunch: By now, you’ve likely worked up an appetite. Opt for a nice salad right there at The Café at Shield’s Date Gardens or, if you prefer a good dose of omega-3’s, head down Highway 111 a few miles to the locally-owned Pokehana La Quinta for high quality fish with gluten-free and vegan poke options made to your liking. Pokehana also has locations in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.
Dinner: Venture to the local’s favorite happy hour hangout, The Grill On Main, where road biking enthusiast Chef Brett Maddock always offers something memorable on the menu. Stay a while longer to enjoy live music and dance into the evening hours.
Saturday: Palm Desert and Cathedral City
Breakfast: If you prefer a light breakfast, head to Fresh Juice Bar for a protein shake or a fresh-pressed juice before your hike to the Cross in Palm Desert. On a hot afternoon, grab a pitaya bowl, topped with berries and gluten-free granola (agave is optional).
Lunch: An afternoon selecting your favorite spices at Savory Spice Shop and shopping on El Paseo deserves a home-brewed kombucha and a few courses off the organic menu at Wildest Greens. Actress and owner Denise Dubarry Hay has created a welcoming gathering place to accommodate every dietary need from raw or vegan to paleo and gluten-free.
Dinner: Come hungry and indulge in umami flavors from the eastern Mediterranean at Daniel's Table in Cathedral City. Tucked away in a small corner of town, Chef Daniel prepares locally-sourced, organic foods and offers delicious organic wines. Chef makes it easy for you to feel at home and want to come back for more.
Sunday: Palm Springs
Breakfast: In the iconic city of Palm Springs, you’ll want to enjoy a morning at the modern Lulu California Bistro overlooking Palm Canyon. Enjoy a meal from their award-winning breakfast/brunch menu or request their plentiful gluten-free menu. If you are in the mood to carb-splurge, be sure to order a gluten-free baguette as they are surprisingly good.
Coffee Break: Head to Koffi for a great cup of locally roasted, organic coffee. With three locations - three in Palm Springs and one in Rancho Mirage - this local favorite offers a variety of delicious milk alternatives, but their homemade whipped cream is delectable. You should also try out Cafe La Jefa or Ernest Coffee.
Lunch: FARM Palm Springs serves breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner Friday through Tuesday. They prepare made-to-order traditional dishes from southern France using only fresh ingredients. The ambiance is quaint and the setting easily transports you to the French countryside.
Dinner: If authentic “Vietnamese with a flare” sounds up your alley, 533 Viet Fusion must make your list. They feature homemade sauces and locally sourced ingredients with plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. The rich chicken lemongrass “martini” meatballs come highly recommended. You can also walk right next door to Native Foods for a wonderful vegan dessert.
Other Recommended Restaurants:
- Palm Springs: Nature's Health Food and Cafe: vegan & vegetarian food to grab & go
- Palm Springs & Palm Desert: Chef Tanya's Kitchen: vegan & gluten-free options, all vegetarian menu
- Palm Desert, El Paseo Grill: gluten-free & paleo-friendly
- Palm Desert: Luscious Lorraine’s Organic Juice and Food Bar: all organic, vegan-friendly
- Indio: Heirloom Craft Kitchen: casual dining, made-from-scratch meals
- Indio: June Hill’s Table at Trilogy at the Polo Club: open to public, seasonal, organic
- Indian Wells: Citrus and Palm at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa: farm-to-table, organic
- La Quinta: Morgan’s in the Desert at La Quinta Resort & Club: award-winning farm-to-table!
- Desert Tasty Tours: Offers a 3-hour tasting-tour of local restaurants
- Certified Farmers Markets: throughout Greater Palm Springs
- We Care Spa: Offers juice fasting and detoxing